May 15, 2021

Locals participate in Veteran’s History Project

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Twelve Veterans participated in the Veterans History Project on the Des Moines Area Community College Newton Campus.

These veterans were interviewed about their wartime experiences. These interviews were transcribed by members of the Iowa Court Reporters Association and videotaped by professional videographers.

Transcripts and video recordings of the interviews will become an official record in the Library of Congress. Transcripts will also be added to the DMACC Library collection.

The 12 veterans included: Robert DeBord of Urbandale, Verle Summers of Newton, Burton Snook of Newton, Bill Zegers of Newton, Dino Righi of Des Moines, Arnold Cook of Newton, Craig Nida of Ankeny, John Rossi of West Des Moines, Gregory Salazar of Windsor Heights, Lonny Wunn of Bondurant, Fred Dimon of Newton and Raymond Bagg of Des Moines.

Following the interviews, the veterans and their guests were honored during an awards luncheon held on the DMACC Newton Campus. Iowa National Guard Colonel Gregory Hapgood attended the ceremony to present certificates to all the veterans who participated. This project was hosted by students in the court reporting program on the DMACC Newton Campus.